Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Tibet & China Rail Discovery

Roll across Western China to discover the teeming Sunday Market in exotic Kashgar, where Marco Polo may have shopped; the ancient karez underground irrigation system in Turpan that caused the desert to bloom; and the Mogao Caves at Dunhuang, where generations of pilgrims carved and painted images of the Buddha. Then hop the special high-altitude train, ascending from the Tibetan Plateau to Lhasa at 12,000 feet, passing the world’s highest railroad station along the way. Explore the “City of the Sun,” with its massive UNESCO-listed Potala Palace, sacred Jokhang Temple, and the lively Barkhor Market. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Southbound

Enjoy the pleasures of luxurious Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the edges of the old Ottoman Empire in Budapest all the way to its heart, Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine. Begin in Hungary and continue through the modern Balkan countries of Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia, and Greece before exploring Turkey’s Gallipoli Peninsula and ending in Istanbul. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next. There is also a Northbound Istanbul to Budapest rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Ottoman Treasures by Private Train: Northbound

Enjoy the pleasures of Old World rail travel, gliding in style from the heart of the old Ottoman Empire, Istanbul, all the way to its far reaches in Budapest. Begin in glorious Istanbul, where Europe and Asia intertwine, admiring its fabulous palaces and mosques. Continue through today’s Balkan capitals, ruled by Greece and Rome long before the Ottomans arrived, and end in elegant Budapest. Encounter four UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the rails as you roll from one fascinating city to the next through eight countries total: Turkey, Greece, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Hungary. There is also a Southbound Budapest to Istanbul rail journey by private train departure with a route in the opposite direction. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Eastbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Russia’s capital, Moscow, then traces a northern branch of the Silk Road into Uzbekistan and on to the complex and beautiful country of Iran. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva before rolling into Iran to discover its fabled treasures and rich archaeological sites. Read More


Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

Jewels of Persia & The Silk Route by Private Train: Westbound

This five-country rail adventure begins in Iran’s cosmopolitan capital, Tehran, where the UNESCO-listed Golestan Palace is on the menu. Discover rich archaeological sites around the country, including incredible Persepolis and the thousand-year-old mud-brick citadel of Rayen. Stop for explorations of the famed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva, then trace a northern branch of the Silk Road through Kazakhstan into Russia, and end in magnificent Moscow. Read More


Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Eastbound

This grand journey encompasses the intriguing countries of Iran, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan. Begin in Iran’s dynamic capital, Tehran, and explore romantic Shiraz, the ruins of Persepolis, glorious Isfahan, Zoroastrian Yazd, and sacred Mashad. In Turkmenistan, discover ancient Merv, the marble monuments of the capital, and the astonishing burning Darvaza gas crater. Admire the glowing Silk Road oases of Khiva, Bukhara, and Samarkand, and end in Kazakhstan’s business center, Almaty. Read More


Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

Iran & The ‘Stans by Private Train: Westbound

This grand rail journey by private train stretches from Uzbekistan, through Turkmenistan, and finally into Iran. Begin in Uzbekistan’s modern capital, Tashkent, and continue into the heart of the Silk Road, the rich UNESCO-listed oasis cities of Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva. In Turkmenistan, discover ancient Merv, the marble monuments of the capital, and the astonishing burning Darvaza gas crater. Enter mysterious Iran, discovering the ancient citadel of Rayen, the luxurious Shazadeh Garden in Mahan, the Fire Temple of Yazd, graceful Isfahan, the ruins of Persepolis, beautiful Shiraz, and at last, the vibrant capital, Tehran. Encounter eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Read More


Essential Iran Enhanced

Essential Iran Enhanced

Spend 12 days sampling Iran’s cities, walking through history, discovering Zoroastrian life, studying archaeological sites and admiring gorgeous Islamic architecture. From cosmopolitan Tehran to breathtaking Isfahan, get to know five illustrious Iranian cities and six outstanding UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Read More


Iran Unveiled

Iran Unveiled

Pay a visit to modern Iran, getting acquainted with its hospitable people on a compact overview that hits all the highlights of Tehran, Shiraz, Yazd and Isfahan. Browse the unequaled bazaars, meeting and conversing with locals. Admire the treasures of Iran, from the Crown Jewels in Tehran and several UNESCO-listed classical Persian gardens, to the Zoroastrian Fire Temple of Yazd and the luminous bridges of Isfahan. Along the way, experience six fabulous UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including the 6th century BC ruins of Pasargadae. Read More


Legendary Turkey & Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Legendary Turkey & Persia by Private Train: Westbound

Take in the highlights of Iran and Turkey, next-door neighbors in what used to be called the Near East. In ancient times, the Iran-based first Persian Empire encompassed what is now Turkey; later the Ottoman Empire, based in Turkey, claimed parts of Iran. After admiring the classic sites of Tehran, board the comfortable westbound private train, stopping to explore incredible archaeological sites, modern museums, soaring mosques and mausoleums, gracious public spaces and cooling Persian gardens that represent the ancient and the modern worlds living side by side in this rarely-visited country. Cross into Turkey, discovering the monumental stone heads of Nemrut Dağ and the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia. Explore an amazing 9 UNESCO World Heritage Sites along the way. Read More